Last night's BBC 999 Awards were "a perfect way to acknowledge the tireless and heroic work" of the police, fire, ambulance, coastguard and mountain rescue services.

Members of each service received awards across 10 categories from a host of celebrity presenters including Dame Kelly Holmes, Duncan Bannatyne and John Barrowman who all heaped praise on the "real heroes who inspire Britain".

Among an evening of moving stories, the most poignant moment arguably came when recently retired footballer Fabrice Muamba, who spoke of his eternal admiration respect for the "superheroes who saved [his] life".

After presenting Dr Jonathan Tobin, Dr Andrew Deaner, paramedic Peter Fisher and Dr Sam Mohiddin with their Special Recognition Award, Muamba added: "They did an unbelievable job for me, they never gave up against the odds ... I think about them all, every single day and am thankful for what they did.

"God blessed these guys with so much ability, much more than any footballer ... they're literally unbelievable. I'll truly carry them in my heart wherever I go - they are the true heroes."

Click here for our feature profiling the winners in all the other categories including firefighter and fire service of the year.

You can still watch the 999 Awards on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days and give us your reactions @fire_editor on Twitter.

Posted 17/08/2012 by